From our President: Plan membership is growing, and credit goes to our staff

February 05, 2019

Most of the time, the Holy Spirit is saying "get up and do something."

 — The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Frank Spencer

​Over time, congregations and employers were letting the Board of Pensions know that the Benefits Plan, as it was structured before 2017, didn’t work for them anymore. The Benefits Plan hadn’t changed significantly since taking effect in 1987 and the world had. It was time for us to “get up and do something.”

We decided we would no longer manage for decline. Today, the Benefits Plan has flexibility, choice, and a growing membership. The credit for this turnaround belongs to our staff. Without their willingness to take on new assignments, to acquire new skills — to change how they approached their jobs — it would not have been possible to deliver a redesigned plan to meet the needs of the Church and our affiliated employers.

I expect that for most of you the changes in the plan are crystal clear. Many of you have probably noticed other changes in the way we do things as well. But you likely know very little about the people behind it all: our team. They design the benefits and programs and implement them. They make sure you’re aware of them and that you understand them.

We want to share a little bit about these important people with you. Throughout 2019, we’ll do a monthly profile of a selected colleague. We’ll let you know about each new profile through the Board Connections newsletter we email to you the second half of every month.

The first profile will be available on pensions.org later this month. Clark Simmons, our Senior Consultant for the Southeastern United States, will share with you how our Consultants are serving the Church in new and creative ways. Clark has been a Church Consultant with the Board since 1998, back when they were known as Regional Representatives. Last month, he received the Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service, our highest employee honor.

We want you to know us. We hope you’re going to enjoy reading about Clark and others who serve the Church through their work at the Board of Pensions.

Grace and peace,

The Reverend Frank Clark Spencer
President